Last Updated: 30th March, 2019
Rosscarbery is a small historic town set in picturesque surroundings overlooking a sandy inlet of the rugged West Cork coastline. The town grew up around a monastery, which was established by St. Fachtna in the latter half of the sixth century.
It is now a peaceful place with an attractive Square and nicely decorated buildings with traditional shop fronts. The wide variety of amenities for young and old within walking distance of the town make Rosscarbery an ideal tourist centre.
Rosscarbery is very enjoyable to take a walk around the village and back down to the water side. The Lagoon attracts a range of wildlife which can be enjoyed in the evening on a stroll around Rosscarbery.
For those who just want to relax, the Blue Flag Warren Beach, Ownahincha Beach and the Long Strand offer safe bathing and golden sands and are all close by. The more energetic are spoiled for choice with two links style Pitch and Putt courses at the Warren Beach, or golfers may improve their swing or putting at the local Driving Range.
There is Rosscarbery Family Festival in August which is a community run festival in West Cork held in the town square with Vintage Vehicle Parade, Children's Fancy Dress, Open Air music in the square, road bowling, guided walks, water sports, lots for everyone to enjoy in Rosscarbery. Make your way to Rosscarberry's Saturday morning Farmers Market also.
At the Marine Leisure Centre, pedal boats, rowing dinghies or canoes are available for hire in the safest of surroundings and sailing lessons are available - whilst the children's playground and tennis courts are just nearby, some great water activities available in Rosscarbery.
Visitors may experience the beauty of the area on horseback with and expert guide form one of the local Riding Centres in Rosscarbery or meet some farm animals at close range at the local Pet Farm and Agricultural Museum.
For the angler, Rosscarbery offers estuary, rock, deep sea and fresh water fishing - with bait in plentiful supply. Rosscarbery's Estuary and Lagoon are great favourites with bird watchers as large numbers of duck, waders, sea and migratory birds are to be seen, the area has a wonderful number of different wildlife plants and animals.
For the archaeologist, the area around Rosscarbery in West Cork has numerous megalithic tombs, stone circles and standing stones in the area - Drombeg Stone Circle being the most famous. For the historian there are many places to visit - such as St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Castlefreke, Coppinger's Court and birthplaces of Gen. Michael Collins and O'Donovan Rossa to name but a few. Local tour guides will be only too happy to tell of local history and folklore. Rosscarbery is a walker's paradise, with lots of quiet rural lanes running through scenic countryside with breathtaking views of land and sea.
Discovering the hidden treasures of this unspoilt West Cork area is an enriching experience. There are many reasons why Ross is not quite like any other place - it begins with the people. All this coupled with first class accommodation, restaurants, pubs in congenial surroundings make Rosscarbery a unique Holiday Centre.